Living in the 8th largest city in the U.S (in area occupied) creates a problem for those that wish to jumpn the bandwagon of the Greem Movement in the area of transportation. You can do like others and get a bicycle, start riding the metro bus system, or buy an electric or hybrid car, but these solutions present their own little issues in and of themselves. Really, who wants to pedal the 25 miles thrpough town only to arrive at work or a function all sweaty, and the bus schedules in Okalhoma City leaves much to be desired in the way of weekends and after hours travel…and if you have seen the price on a Chevrolet Volt, and didn’t get sticker shock, you are a tougher person than many of my aquaintences. Well, here’s a few websites that can give you the tips, tricks, and products that can help you get from point “A” to point “B” without all the sweat, financial or otherwise.
- Calstart: These guys stay up-to-date on all the developments, news, and trends in the green energy industry, not just the transportation area, so you could concieveably learn a lot here.
- National Resources Defense Council (NRDC): This agency has a lot of information on all things energy related, also. This link will take you to their transportation page where you can find information on electric/hybrids, oip production, etc.
- ACEEE’s Greenbook: This website maintains a listing of vehicles they have rated according to the fuel econom and emmissions. The database goes back to 2000, so if you are thinking about a used vehicle, you can go back that far. The database is arranged so it is easy to find your vehicle according to size, type, or by their green value.
- Federal Fuel Economy Guide: The guys that make the rules for the manufacturers. They can tell you about thefuel efficiency, and emmissions for most any car that has ever been built.
- Okc Metro Transit: This probably won’t help you unless you live in Okc, but if you do they have the bus schedules and maps, info on rideshare, and other methods of getting around the city.
- Hub Pages: Here you can find information on transportation products and innovations. Some of the products are a little eccentric, but many of them are great for daily transportation needs. The e-bike conversions and gasoline bicycles are good examples.
- International Bicycle Fund: A non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to the promotion of all things bicycles. (Duh.) A personal favorite.
Excepting the Hub Pages link, all the websites provide a plethora of information on fuel economy, emmissions, and some of the newest products that will be coming out. If you are looking to purchase something that uses very little or no gasoline, the Hub Pages author maintains that if it doesn’t 100 MPG or more, it isn’t green.